A bona-fide German fest, the kind that is meant to be a respite from everyday life for absolutely everyone from old to young and transforms a whole town for days.
Düsseldorf, Germany (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
Düsseldorf’s annual fair on the Rhine River, the “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine,” (2012 dates: July 13-22) is an enormous annual German outdoor amusement and beer fest that shows up on more and more international family travel itineraries each year. The event has been extended from 9 to 10 days to provide more space and time for the more than 4 million visitors this family party destination attracts.
The morning-to-night festival is a harmonious mingling of beer fest, family fun and bona-fide German fest, the kind that is meant to be a respite from everyday life for absolutely everyone from old to young and transforms a whole town for days. The festival began 500 years ago as a local club celebration, and its main feature, the outdoor fair, is now in its 111th year.
The Biggest Fun Fair takes place right on the River Rhine, and lights and sounds spill over from 42 acres right on the Rhine River and can be seen and heard for miles. It’s got everything you expect from a German fest: lots of beer tents, with purveyors serving the world-famous local Alt brew and many culinary treats, as well as a temporary amusement park, built right on the river, so big and modern it rivals some of the biggest permanent parks. State-of-the-art roller coasters and other amusement rides transform the skyline. More than 40,000 fun-seekers visit daily, many by ferry from across the river, the home of Düsseldorf’s Old Town and its Longest Bar in the World (260 bars, pubs and restaurants in under a mile).
Another major attraction is the huge fireworks display on the last Friday of the fair (July 20, 2012). There will also be a parade featuring 3,000 marchers in uniforms and on horseback and orchestra performances to complete the German fair experience and, like the city, bridge the traditional and the modern.
Another example of tradition meeting today: For 23 years now, the Monday of the fair belongs to the gay community, and 50,000 celebrants join the celebration, turning the day into “Pink Monday.”
Visitors can take advantage of several travel specials that the city’s tourism office makes available: Special hotel and travel packages for the “Biggest Fun Fair” start at € 52 per person per night. Another option is a Rhine River cruise during the fireworks on July 20th on the MS Riverstar,” from 7pm – midnight at € 75 per person. The cruise includes a dinner buffet, music, and perfect fireworks viewing from the boat’s open-air deck. For more information, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.
Many who come here take advantage of the short distances to other destinations, including the Rhine-Ruhr area, Cologne, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s third-largest, offers several non-stop flights from US cities, as well as convenient connections to many European cities and beyond.
For more information on the Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine, visit: http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.
Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.
Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit http://www.fly2dus.com.